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Re: Screen Freeze on F7



On Tue, 2007-07-24 at 18:07 +0100, Andy Green wrote:
> Somebody in the thread at some point said:
> 
> > On Tue, 2007-07-24 at 09:24 -0600, Karl Larsen wrote:
> >> Mem:    482776k total,   475472k used,     7304k free,    29076k buffers
> >> Swap:        0k total,        0k used,        0k free,   163588k cached
> > 
> > [...]
> > 
> >> This means it was using the swap partition on the hard drive.
> > 
> > What swap partition? Your system doesn't have any swap(?!?).
> > 
> > Your memory usage is almost completely saturated and you have *NO* swap
> > to fall back on. If it hasn't already then you're kernel freemem killer
> > is very soon going to start cutting the legs from beneath random
> > programs all over your process list.
> 
> He has plenty of memory though, 163MB of it is "free" and in use as disk
> cache for want of anything better to do with it.  If the top is
> representative, it is nothing to do with lack of memory, although you're
> right he has no swap enabled.

True, but in my (admittedly limited) experience, things get pretty dicey
by the time the cache gets down to less than 1/3 total RAM, and 500Mb
is, nowadays, adequate but not a lot to start with.


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